Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

“But we could use aquaculture to replace some of those water filtration benefits, and at the same time grow food.” In places where excess nutrients are a problem, like the Chesapeake Bay, shellfish aquaculture could even help offset the negative environmental impacts of other industries.

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) quickly became America’s main tool for protecting and restoring historic sites, like battlefields, and for providing matching grants to states for urban and suburban recreation facilities, like ballfields.

Feed the Bears to Save Them?

Feed the Bears to Save Them?

And that’s why it was a bit jarring to read about a leading wildlife conservationist and wilderness advocate feeding grizzly bears. These bears are largely found in the Great Gobi A Strictly Protected Area, a wilderness region five times larger than Yellowstone National Park.

Overcoming a Climate Change Fallacy

Overcoming a Climate Change Fallacy

According to a recent study published in Nature Climate Change by Conservancy scientists and partners from Florida International University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others, healthy wetlands (think wetlands covered with plants) are net sinks for greenhouse gases in the U.S. That means, on the whole, the country’s coastal wetlands remove more greenhouse gases – especially CO2 – than they release.

Holy Water Reflections

Holy Water Reflections

We cannot see the earth as something that God gave to us to use up and throw away, but rather, we must view it as God’s earth, handed to us in sacred trust, meant to be cared for and offered back to Him. In 1991, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was installed to the throne of the Church of Constantinople and became the global leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Then last fall, my work with the Long Island Chapter brought me into a conversation with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to discuss our chapter’s campaign to improve water quality.

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

Brave in the face of these field challenges, conservation biologists commonly embark on biological assessments to take the pulse of an ecosystem or monitor for the presence of rare or invasive species.

Recovery: New Hope for Caribbean Coral

Recovery: New Hope for Caribbean Coral

“Now we realize these are all caused by CO2 pollution,” says Dr. David Vaughan who directs coral-reef restoration for the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory at Summerland Key, Florida. Microfragmented Orbicella annularis, or boulder star corals, growing in nursery Photo © Dave Vaughan / Mote Tropical Research Laboratory

Outdoors for Everyone? We Need Better Access

Outdoors for Everyone? We Need Better Access

If we want the outdoors to be for everyone, we need to find access solutions to meet people where they are. Bringing people out to nature with discounted Lyft rides and organized camping trips is another solution REI (the outdoor clothing and gear company) is experimenting with.

Three Lizards in a Beer Can

Three Lizards in a Beer Can

There are two species of alligator lizard in Oregon, the northern and southern. Both species of alligator lizard regularly seek out shelter under rocks and logs, and in crevices. The three alligator lizards popping out of the beer can is undoubtedly a funny and surprising find.

Nurseries Restore Staghorn Coral in the Florida Keys

Nurseries Restore Staghorn Coral in the Florida Keys

Despite spending a year helping to restore staghorn coral in the Florida Keys, this was the first time my snorkeling partner, Christina, from Coral Restoration Foundation had seen a huge staghorn colony in the wild.

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

© Carlton Ward Jr. Today, 26 years after my first visit, the Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is 11,500 acres of beautifully restored, healthy and functioning native Central Florida habitat and a testament to the power and potential of both nature and people to change, to reimagine, rethink, restore and adjust from a business-as-usual mindset to a world of wider possibilities.

Where Logging Reigns, Going Beyond Sharing vs Sparing

Where Logging Reigns, Going Beyond Sharing vs Sparing

A new analysis from the Science for Nature & People Partnership will determine which combination of land use — sharing or land sparing — in Indonesia’s Berau district is best for maintaining timber yields, while still protecting forest biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being.

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

To calculate the ROI of tree cover, Kroeger and colleagues from the Conservancy and NASA, set out to identify where it would provide the largest health benefits – the greatest reduction of respirable particulate matter and heat for the highest number of people — and then measure how those benefits compare to the costs of the trees.

Call for Applications: NatureNet Science Fellows

Call for Applications: NatureNet Science Fellows

Now in its fifth year, the Conservancy’s NatureNet Science Fellows program is specifically designed to broaden conservation science and research in ways that tackle climate change — our world’s most pressing challenge — head on.

Q&A with Stephanie Wear: A New Tool to Predict Coral Reef Recovery

Q&A with Stephanie Wear: A New Tool to Predict Coral Reef Recovery

And two of these factors — water depth and structural complexity — are easily and cheaply identifiable by somebody managing a reef. This paper gives reef managers an easily measurable tool that can be used to predict recovery and resilience.

Doubling Down on Coral Reefs

Doubling Down on Coral Reefs

If you work in reef conservation, it’s hard to miss the stories of coral bleaching. Why is Sewage Pollution a Significant Threat to Coral Reefs? The last thing we should be doing is giving up on coral reefs.

Reefs Like Zombies?

Reefs Like Zombies?

It was the kind of surreal conversation about coral reefs, parrotfish, climate change and, well, zombies that could probably only happen in a place like Key West.

New Research: Savanna Burning for Global Emissions Reductions

New Research: Savanna Burning for Global Emissions Reductions

But new research from The Nature Conservancy demonstrates that fire management in savannas has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping developing nations meet their contributions toward the Paris Agreement.

3 Ways Science is Making Climate-Friendly Behavior a No-Brainer

3 Ways Science is Making Climate-Friendly Behavior a No-Brainer

Around the world, people are developing creative solutions to fight climate change. According to Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment, which helped craft this contest, there are three powerful methods that can get us there: choice architecture, social incentives, and emotional appeals.

Human Health At Risk As Tropical Forests Disappear

Human Health At Risk As Tropical Forests Disappear

New research from The Nature Conservancy shows that villagers living in recently fragmented landscapes are more likely to report an increase in local temperatures, signaling a loss of the forest’s cooling services.